Again Lidstrom, Datsyuk award finalists
For the eighth time in nine seasons, Lidstrom is a finalist for the James Norris Trophy, which recognizes the league's best defenseman. A four-time Norris winner, including last season, Lidstrom was third in the NHL in ice time per game (27:29), tied for third overall and first among defensemen with a plus-40 rating, and was fifth among defensemen in scoring with 62 points (13 goals, 49 assists).
For the second straight season, the Professional Hockey Writers' Association have name Datsyuk as a finalist for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, given to the player who best exhibits sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. This season, Datsyuk led the Red Wings in scoring with 87 points (27 goals, 60 assists). He appeared in 79 games and was assessed 20 minutes in penalties.
Datsyuk, who won the award last season, is vying to become the first repeat winner of the Lady Byng since Paul Kariya in 1996-97.
Following are the finalists for each trophy, in alphabetical order:
CALDER MEMORIAL TROPHY(outstanding rookie): Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh; Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh; Paul Stastny, Colorado.
FRANK J. SELKE TROPHY (outstanding defensive forward): Rod Brind'Amour, Carolina; Samuel Pahlsson, Anaheim; Jay Pandolfo, New Jersey.
HART MEMORIAL TROPHY (most valuable player to his team): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver.
JACK ADAMS AWARD (outstanding coach): Lindy Ruff, Buffalo; Michel Therrien, Pittsburgh; Alain Vigneault, Vancouver.
JAMES NORRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY (outstanding defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit; Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim; Chris Pronger, Anaheim.
LADY BYNG MEMORIAL TROPHY (sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct): Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit; Joe Sakic, Colorado; Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay.
LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD (most outstanding player as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver.
VEZINA TROPHY (outstanding goaltender): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey; Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary; Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; Roberto Luongo, Vancouver.
All voting is conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. The Professional Hockey Writers' Association votes for five trophies (Hart, Norris, Selke, Calder and Lady Byng). The NHL General Managers vote for the Vezina Trophy. Members of the National Hockey League Players' Association select the Lester B. Pearson Award winner and the NHL Broadcasters' Association votes on the Jack Adams Award. Results are tabulated by the accounting firm Ernst & Young.
Two other trophies, the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey) and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership and humanitarian contribution to his community) also will be presented at the Awards ceremony.
Sidney Crosby, who captured the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring champion, Tampa Bay center Vincent Lecavalier (Maurice Richard Trophy, League's top goal-scorer) and Minnesota goalies Niklas Backstrom and Manny Fernandez (William Jennings Trophy, goaltenders for the club finishing the regular-season with the fewest team goals against) will receive their respective trophies at a media luncheon to be held during the 2007 Stanley Cup Final, date and site to be determined.
Following is information on each nominee for NHL Trophies in 2006-07:
EVGENI MALKIN, center, Pittsburgh: Led all rookies in goals (33), power-play goals (16), assists (52) and points (85) in 78 games. Became the first player in 89 years to tally goals in each of his first six NHL games. Scored 25 of his 33 goals with the Penguins trailing or tied.
JORDAN STAAL, right wing, Pittsburgh: Tied for second among rookies with 29 goals; set a rookie mark with seven shorthanded goals. On Feb. 10, at Toronto became the youngest NHL player to record a hat trick (18 years, 153 days). Led the Penguins and tied for second among rookies in plus-minus (+16).
PAUL STASTNY, center, Colorado: Tied for the rookie lead in game-winning goals (six), ranked second in points (78) and power-play goals (11) and was fourth in goals (28) and shots (185). Led all players and set a rookie record by posting a 20-game point streak from Feb. 3 - Mar. 17.
ROD BRIND'AMOUR, center, Carolina: A Selke Trophy finalist for the second consecutive year; captured the award in 2005-06. Ranked third among NHL forwards in ice time per game (23:19). Led all players in face-offs taken (2,047), ranked second in face-off winning percentage (59.2%).
SAMUEL PAHLSSON, right wing, Anaheim: A Selke Trophy finalist for the first time. Led all players in total shorthanded time on ice (367:14) and per-game average (4:28). Played in all 82 games, extending his club-leading 'ironman' streak to 275 contests.
JAY PANDOLFO, left wing, New Jersey: A Selke Trophy finalist for the first time. Played in all 82 games, extending his club-leading 'ironman' streak to 283 contests. The Devils allowed 201 goals, the fewest in the Eastern Conference and fifth-fewest overall.
MARTIN BRODEUR, goalie, New Jersey: A Hart Trophy finalist for the third time in the past four seasons; finished third in both 2002-03 and 2003-04. Won an NHL-record 48 games, surpassing Bernie Parent's 47 in 1973-74; also led NHL goaltenders in games (78), shutouts (12); ranked third in GAA (2.18) and save percentage (.922).
SIDNEY CROSBY, center, Pittsburgh: A Hart Trophy finalist for the first time; also a finalist for the Lester B. Pearson Award. Captured the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer with 120 points (36 goals, 84 assists); at 19 years, seven months, the youngest scoring leader in major pro sports history. The youngest Hart finalist since Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky (19) captured his first in 1979-80.
ROBERTO LUONGO, goalie, Vancouver: A Hart Trophy finalist for the first time; also a finalist for the Vezina, Pearson awards. Compiled a 47-22-6 record in 76 games, including a 26-7-5 mark when facing 30+ shots; matched the NHL single-season victories record entering the season (Bernie Parent, 1973-74). Also among leaders in shots faced (third, 2,169) and save percentage (fourth, .921).
LINDY RUFF, Buffalo: A Jack Adams finalist for the second consecutive year; captured the award in 2005-06. Led the Sabres to the first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history, posting a 53-22-7 record for 113 points; the Sabres were the NHL's highest-scoring team with 308 goals. Hired in July, 1997, Ruff holds the longest current tenure among NHL head coaches.
MICHEL THERRIEN, Pittsburgh: A Jack Adams finalist for the first time. Led the Penguins to a 47-24-11 record for 105 points, a 47-point improvement over 2005-06, and earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2001. The team's 47-point improvement is the fourth highest in NHL history.
ALAIN VIGNEAULT, Vancouver: A Jack Adams finalist for the second time; finished second with Montreal in 2000. Led the Canucks to a franchise-record 49 victories (49-26-7, 105 points) and the Northwest Division title. Vigneault eclipsed the previous club mark of 46 set by Pat Quinn in 1992-93. The Canucks posted a League-best 32-8-6 record following the Dec. 24-25 schedule break.
NICKLAS LIDSTROM, Detroit: Earned his eighth nomination as Norris finalist in the past nine seasons; has won the award four times, from 2001 through 2003 and last season. Third in the NHL in ice time per game (27:29), tied for third overall and first among defensemen with a +40 rating; fifth among defensemen in scoring with 62 points (13 goals, 49 assists).
SCOTT NIEDERMAYER, Anaheim: A Norris finalist for the third consecutive season; won the award with New Jersey in 2004, finished second with Anaheim in 2006. Led all defensemen in scoring with career-high totals in assists (54) and points (69). Ranked second in the NHL in average ice time per game (27:30).
CHRIS PRONGER, Anaheim: A Norris Trophy finalist for the fourth time; captured the award in 2000 and finished third in 1998 and 2004 with the St. Louis Blues. Tallied his second-highest point total with 59 (13 goals, 46 assists) despite missing 16 games; fourth in the NHL in ice time per game (27:05).
PAVEL DATSYUK, center, Detroit: A Lady Byng finalist for the second consecutive season; captured the award in 2006. Led the Red Wings in scoring with 87 points (27 goals, 60 assists). Vying to become the first repeat winner of the Lady Byng since Paul Kariya in 1996 and 1997. Appeared in 79 games, assessed 20 minutes in penalties.
JOE SAKIC, center, Colorado: A Lady Byng Trophy finalist for the fifth time; captured the award in 2001, finished second in 1992 and 2002 and was third in 1991. Was seventh in NHL scoring with 100 points (36 goals, 64 assists); became the second player to reach the century mark at age 37 or older (Gordie Howe scored 103 points at 40 in 1968-69).
MARTIN ST. LOUIS, right wing, Tampa Bay: A Lady Byng finalist for the second time in three seasons; finished third in 2004. Ranked fifth in NHL scoring, setting career highs in goals (43), assists (59) and points (102); led the league in shorthanded points (5-6--11) and all forwards in ice time per game (24:09). Played in all 82 games, assessed 28 minutes in penalties.
SIDNEY CROSBY, center, Pittsburgh: Youngest player to ever be nominated for Lester B. Pearson Award. Youngest player to win the scoring title (120 points). Led the NHL in power play assists (48) and power play points (61).
VINCENT LECAVALIER, center, Tampa Bay: Ranked first in the NHL in goals (52) and third in points (108). His 52 goals accounted for 20% of his club's season total. A Lester B. Pearson finalist for the first time.
ROBERTO LUONGO, goalie, Vancouver: A Lester B. Pearson finalist for the second time (2003-04). Finished second in victories (47), tying Bernie Parent's former NHL record. Faced the NHL's third-highest number of shots on goal (2,169) and ranked sixth in the League in GAA (2.29) and shutouts (five) and was fourth in save percentage (.921).
MARTIN BRODEUR, New Jersey: Earned his seventh career nomination as a Vezina finalist; captured the award in 2003 and 2004, finished second in 1997, 1998 and 2006, was third in 2001. Won an NHL-record 48 games, surpassing Bernie Parent's 47 in 1973-74; led the NHL in shutouts (12), ranked third in goals-against average (2.18) and save percentage (.922).
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, Calgary: A Vezina Trophy finalist for the third consecutive season; captured the award in 2006 and finished second in 2004. Posted a 40-24-9 record in 74 games; tied for third overall in shutouts (seven).
HENRIK LUNDQVIST, NY Rangers: A Vezina Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season; finished third in 2006. Posted a 37-22-8 record in 70 games; tied for third overall in shutouts (seven). Finished the season with a 16-4-5 record, 1.72 GAA and .936 save percentage in 27 games.
ROBERTO LUONGO, Vancouver: A Vezina Trophy finalist for the first time; also a finalist for the Hart, Pearson awards. Compiled a 47-22-6 record in 76 games, including a 26-7-5 mark when facing 30+ shots; matched the NHL single-season victories record entering the season (Bernie Parent, 1973-74).